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to maintain his lead in the polls and recover from a weak debate against mitt romney. danielle lee has what the numbers mean. >> reporter: the unemployment rate delivered president obama a preelection gift. the number of people without jobs fell to 7.8%, marking the first time it's been below 8% during obama's presidency. >> there's still that willingness for all of us to see that more people are put back to work, but in this particular report, i'm happy to see we see a continued growth. >> reporter: employers added 114,000 jobs in september and 86,000 jobs that hadn't been accounted for in july and august. the numbers shocked analysts who predicted the rate would stay around 8% and possibly grow. >> this is a big report. >> reporter: presint obama called the september report proof the economy is improving under his policies. >> we made too much progress to return to the policies that led to the crisis in the first place. i can't allow that to happen. >> reporter: mitt romney continued his argument in tv ads launching today that the recovery is too slow. >> i have a plan to create 12 millio
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